Author Archives: Margaret Merry

About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy portraiture and figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.

Call Fuente, Alhabia

This is the only watercolour I have managed to paint during the last six weeks. This is the street through which you enter my little town of Alhabia and it leads into the main square, Plaza de la Constitución, which … Continue reading

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Calle de Ohanes

This is a watercolour painting of one of the narrow, cobbled streets in the little mountain town of Ohanes near my home in La Alpujarra Almeriense. The lanes in the towns and villages here, with their old cottages, flowerpots, vines and … Continue reading

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Rincon De Terque

In my neighbouring village of Terque, in La Alpujarra Almeriense, is an old quarter with some beautiful houses known as casas monumentales which were built over 100 years ago when the area was prosperous  because of the wealth from the … Continue reading

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Trabajando El Esparto

This lady was at the traditional crafts fair at my neighbouring village of Terque last Sunday. She was demonstrating the old craft of mimbre – making products from esparto grass. I asked her to pose for me as I thought … Continue reading

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This is the view of my nearest town, Alhabia, from the other side of the Rio Nacimiento. I like the contrast between the green, fertile valley below the town and the barren mountains behind. The image size is 350mm x … Continue reading

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A Lane in Laujar

My first painting in over two months. Since I moved house I have had little time as there has been so much to do on our new cortijo and the summer has been very hot, but there is plenty to … Continue reading

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Girl with Cat

This is a pastel portrait of my 11 year old granddaughter Ellie. She has just been to stay with me for a week and I took the opportunity to create this portrait in pastels. I drew her holding my cat … Continue reading

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